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Re: st: Loading long string variables (from SQL) into Stata

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Loading long string variables (from SQL) into Stata
Date   Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:23:54 +0100

The maximum length of string variable in all current variants of Stata
is 244. See e.g. -help limits- or

That cannot be changed.

You could split a long string using Mata, but you'd still have to
import it somehow. Better to split it within your data source.


On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 2:14 PM, Jen Zhen <> wrote:

> I`m loading some variables from an SQL database into Stata using the 2
> lines of code given below.
> One of them is a very long string variable that gets cut off when
> loaded into Stata. Is there a way to either increase the maximum
> length of string variables allowed in Stata, or to automatically split
> each string at whatever is the maximum number of symbols and put the
> rest into further string variables?
> Thanks so much and best regards,
> JZ
> local sql "SELECT var1, var2, var3 FROM database WHERE var1>5"
> odbc load, exec("`sql'") conn("`db'")
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